MacPhail: Bedard under consideration
President of baseball operations Andy MacPhail just concluded his first media briefing of the Winter Meetings, but did not have a lot to report. He pointed to tonight's deadline for free agents to accept arbitration as a potentially important point in the week, but didn't get specific about any of the players who might come off the free agent market by accepting salary arbitration from their original clubs.
He did confirm, however, that the Orioles are reviewing the medical information on former O's pitcher Erik Bedard along with the medicals on a number of other free agents with injury issues. That's standard procedure, he said, and should be considered only a routine preliminary review that might precede any substantive discussions with the agents for those players.
MacPhail ruled out the Orioles as a player in trade talks for Tigers starting pitcher Edwin Jackson and Marlins reliever Matt Lindstrom, both of whom are rumored to be on the verge of being dealt to unidentified clubs. He also indicated that the Orioles have had no further contact with the agent for pitcher John Lackey and are not hot on the trail of Marlins infielder Dan Uggla.
Stay tuned for an intriguing update on the arbitration deadline.